If you liked RESTREPO documentary, then for sure you will love the story about KORENGAL. In fact, KORENGAL continues where the RESTREPO left off. That includes same valley, the same unit, the same officers, but with a different view on war since the last time. That means that the documentary is the sequel which takes you back to the same valley on the same deployment with the same paratroopers like in RESTREPO. Only this time perception shifts to the soldiers point of view.
The story dates from May 2007 to July 2008, when Sebastian Junger and his colleague Tim Hetherington followed the deployment of a platoon of US troops in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Those experiences has became known as RESTREPO. The KORENGAL picks up where the previous movie left off. As I already mentioned the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. The footage is constructed from entirely unused, never-before-seen footage left from RESTREPO.
The movie explains how war actually works from the soldiers point of view, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he neutralize an insurgent, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for his actions which resulted with the death of the enemies. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the combat now that his deployment has ended and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat to dive back in a front row view into the world of combat.
If you have seen Restrepo, and you think it’s awesome, then you will absolutely love the Korengal. Great combat footage, young warriors, legendary story. Don’t miss it.